Missouri Government News for Week of September 18, 2000
|.||Carnahan unveils higher ed proposal (09/22/00)|
In a speech before Columbia's Rotary Club, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate proposed lowering the interest rates on student loans, expanding the Pell grant program and giving an estimated $3.5 billion in tax breaks for college expenses.
In addition to the higher education proposal, Carnahan touted his primary education plan -- originally introduced Monday in St. Louis -- as a compromise in the long raging, partisan debate in Congress over the federal government's role in education.
|.||State names new education commissioner (09/22/00)|
A former superintendent of Rolla schools, King has been acting commissioner since Bartman stepped down. He said his first focus as commissioner will be to maintain high standards for Missouri students.
The state Board of Education chose King unanimously from a pool of about 20 candidates. King is a former lobbyist for the Missouri State Teachers Association, a union representing school administrators and teachers.
|.||Missouri Republicans accuse Democrats of intimidating Missouri State Troopers (09/21/00)|
House Majority Leader Delbert Scott says the lawmakers threatened the troopers with budget cuts if the troopers didn't petition Ashcroft to pull the ad.
|.||Record corn harvest (09/21/00)|
But, the drought has damaged soybeans in the southwestern part of the state.
|.||Organizers to raise $2 million in Proposition B fight (09/21/00)|
The ballot initiative would provide for voluntary, publicly financed statewide campaigns.
|.||Four third-party candidates compete in race for state treasurer (09/21/00)|
|.||Campaign managers in state treasurer race share idealism (09/21/00)|
But despite their similarities, Jeff Roe and Judi Roman have different backgrounds and experiences, as well as opposite political identifications.
|.||Butterfly migration in full swing (09/21/00)|
Monarchs are unique among butterflies because of the long-distance migration.
|.||Path of Least Resistance (09/20/00)|
Sparks flew last spring when legislators in Iowa and Missouri debated whether nuclear waste should be shipped west through Interstate 70 in Missouri or less traveled Interstate 80 in Iowa during the summer. While Missouri won that battle due to safety concerns about I-70, the decision appears to be a minor victory.
|.||Democrats demand Ashcroft return money (09/20/00)|
Missouri Democratic Party Executive Director Roy Temple said Monday the speech provided no benefit to Missourians and therefore should not qualify as an official trip. Ashcroft designated the trip as official business to avoid rules prohibiting senators from receiving gifts, Temple said.
|.||Department of Higher Education receives $7.5 million dollar grant (09/20/00)|
Schools with lower than average numbers of students going on to college and located in poorer communities are targeted by Missouri's program. Currently, only 20 schools participate, but the Higher Education Department plans to increase this number, thanks to the new endowment.
|.||Cuban Ambassador to visit Missouri farms next week (09/20/00)|
The Missouri Farm Bureau will host Cuban Ambassador Fernando Remirez for two days of tours and talks in the Bootheel. It will be Remirez's first-ever visit to American farms.